We've been working on a list of resources you might find handy for life with preschoolers! Please feel free to contact the web administrator at epcppublicity (at) gmail.com with additional suggestions for this list, or to report broken links. Please enjoy!
Ladybug Girl books by David Soman and Jackie Davis
Berenstain Bears books by Stan and Jan Berenstain
It's Okay to be Different, It's Okay to Make Mistakes, and other books by Todd Parr
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
chapter books recommended by our member families
The Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne
Humphrey books by Betty G. Birney
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet
Flat Stanley books by Jeff Brown
books on parenting recommended by our member families
The Incredible Years by Carole Webster-Stratton
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
Articles on Play-Based Education:
"Kindergarten: While American Kids Read, Their Finnish Peers Play" (Atlantic Monthly, 10/15)
"The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class" (Washington Post, 10/14)
"Want to get your kids into college? Let them play" (CNN, 12/10)
"How to Raise Innovative Kids" (Washington Post, 8/15)
"Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As the ABCs" (KQED.org, 1/15)
"The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise of sensory issues" (Washington Post, 9/15)
"Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children" (New York Times, 7/15)
"Let the Kids Learn Through Play" (New York Times, 5/15)
"Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm" (Psychology Today, 5/15)
"Report debunks 'earlier is better' academic instruction for young children" (Washington Post, 4/15)
"Joy: A Subject Schools Lack" (The Atlantic, 1/15)
"A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can't. Neither can the kids." (Washington Post, 12/14)
"The private school in Silicon Valley where tech honchos send their kids so they DON'T use computers" (Daily Mail, 10/11)
"The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K" (New York Times, 10/14)
"Children Who Never Play" (First Things, 9/14)
"Ten ways to fix the mess that is kindergarten" (Washington Post, 10/14)
"Why It's Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys" (KQED.org, 6/14)
"The Kids Don't Play Anymore" (The Globe and Mail, 11/13)
Websites and blogs:
Go Mom, Go Eugene: local events for families with young kids.
Eugene, Cascades, & Coast: tourism and events information; we've discovered lots of spots for hometown tourists!
Red Ted Art: one of my favorite sites for making stuff with and for little ones.
Teacher Tom: preschool teacher and blogger whose writing is really spot-on, and who sometimes seems like an anthropologist studying children's civilization. :)
What Do We Do All Day: blog with arts, crafts, science, and home school resources.
websites for local businesses and organizations
Old School Eugene: art classes, parties, story time and more!
The Science Factory: local science museum and planetarium, with star shows and birthday parties.
Early Childhood Cares (EC Cares): evaluation and early intervention support for toddlers and preschoolers (sometimes including classroom support).
The Dancing Weasel: local toy store which provides story time as well as an awesome selection of the best toys and games.
Springfield Public Library: great kids' programs and events, as well as great books!
UO Natural History Museum: fossils, rotating exhibits, and a program for preschoolers! A fine way to spend an afternoon.
Adventure! Children's Museum: coming soon to Lane County!
**(no advertising dollars were paid for our endorsements. we just really like all these things.)**